Pattaya is Thailand's premier beach resort
and annually attracts hundreds of thousands of
pleasure seeking tourists from all over the world.
Pattaya relaxing tropical ambience is perfect for a
memorial holiday experience for families, couples
and single visitors.
Up until about thirty years ago, Pattaya was little
more than a fishing village. American GI's from
bases in Nakhon Ratchasima 'discovered' the beach,
resulting in it becoming an R 'n' R spot during the
Over the years it has developed into the full scale
international resort that it is today.
Pattaya beach touches the shoreline in a 4 km long
arc. The southern beach is well renowned for its
night-time activities. The streets alive to the
hustle and bustle of the entertainment halls,
crowded bars and restaurants. The northern beach is
more sedate, well for Pattaya. A few kilometres
south of Pattaya is the beach of Jomtien, with a
cleaner beach and a cleaner reputation. A full range
of water sports, along with equipment to hire can be
arranged at many places both at Pattaya and Jomtien
For those of a more sporting nature, indoor or
outdoor, Pattaya has the facilities for a whole
range of sports that cater for all ages, and all
levels of physical exertion. There are bowling
alleys, snooker halls, archery and several of the
leading hotels have tennis courts. For those wanting
to tone their bodies for the beach, there are
several gyms and fitness centres around the town.
More fun sports are also available; go-karting,
parasailing and paintballing skirmishes.
Golfing enthusiasts can challenge the greens at
nearby international courses.
Ofcourse there are also the usual water-borne
activities to enjoy as well in Pattaya.
Although it is more associated with its debauched
patrons, it is more than fast food restaurants and A
go-go bars. It is not just a Patpong-sur-le-mer: it
has amenities for the whole family to enjoy. With
theme parks, water parks, amusement arcades and many
of the leading hotels having 'childrens clubs' to
keep the kids entertained, the whole family can find
something to enjoy in Pattaya.
Along with all this, a wide variety of
accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment all
help to make Pattaya one of Thailand's prime tourist
Sand, sun and fun make Pattaya one of the most
popular destinations for visitors to Thailand.
Pattaya, on the eastern coast of the Gulf of
Thailand, was a small fishing village until the
early 1960's when it was 'invaded' by American
soldiers and sailors seeking rest and recreation
while on leave from serving in Vietnam. It has since
blossomed into a cosmopolitan city dedicated to the
pursuit of excitement, pleasure and adventure.
Pattaya CityEasy to get to from Bangkok by air
conditioned bus, Pattaya offers every imaginable
form of water sports, plentiful and affordable golf
courses, including some designed by the most famous
names in the game, and stimulating nightlife.
In the last few years Pattaya has, in an effort to
broaden its appeal to family vacationers, toned down
some of the rowdy behavior that had given it a
dubious reputation. But you will still find a
profusion of clubs and cabarets which cater to every
taste and persuasion, and Pattaya's famously
charming hostesses will still delight all your
senses. Pattaya is the ideal destination for those
seeking non-stop entertainment. It has boisterous
go-go bars, clamorous discos and tumultuous
nightclubs. Visitors seeking deserted and unpolluted
beaches and a laid back atmosphere should go
Hotels and guesthouses in every price range have
more than 12,000 rooms available, and while Pattaya
is not the cheapest beach resort in the region, it
is competitively priced when compared to similar
vacation destinations. It is unsurpassed in the
variety of services and activities available.
Pattaya Annual FestivalWith it's many well equipped
and reasonably priced dive shops Pattaya is a
favorite destination of scuba enthusiasts from all
over the world. While there are other, superior,
dive sites in Thailand, Pattaya is the most
convenient to Bangkok and is the jumping off point
for trips to Ko Laan, and the nearby islands of Ko
Sak and Ko Krok. More advanced divers seeking a more
challenging experience may want to head out to the
more remote Ko Man Wichai or Ko Rin, where
visibility is better, or to the shipwrecks near
Naklua beach, immediately north of Pattaya, is quiet
and unpolluted. It doesn't have as many restaurants
or expensive resort hotels as it's neighbor to the
south, nor the rowdy nightlife, but all these are
available for the 10 Baht cost of a 20 minute
songthaew ride to Pattaya beach. Similarly, Jomtien
beach, around the headland to the south of Pattaya,
is quieter and less congested but has good quality
accommodations and restaurants.
All night, every nightPattaya beach is world
renowned for the variety and unrestrained hedonism
of it's nightlife, though city leaders have in
recent years made an effort to confine the
commercial sex industry to an area of south Pattaya
beach. The frenzied merrymaking diminishes as you
move up the beach road to central and north Pattaya,
and to neighboring Naklua beach.
Jomtien BeachA six km long stretch of beach facing
southeast into the Gulf of Thailand makes Hat
Jomtien popular with windsurfers and water sports
enthusiasts who appreciate its uncrowded waves and
refreshing light winds.
Compared to the congested, unhygienic waterfront of
nearby Pattaya, Jomtien beach is a haven of peaceful
enjoyment of the seashore. In recent years a number
of beachside hotels, bungalow complexes and
restaurants have been built to accommodate the
increasing numbers of tourists, many of them family
With the nighttime delights of Pattaya Beach located
just a few km to the north (a ten baht sonthaew
ride), Jomtien attracts people who want to swim,
water ski or parasail in waters that are less
polluted, while still having access to the
sophisticated attractions of its more famous
neighbor. It has also become a major residential
area for retirees and others looking for a more laid
back, less frenetic beachside home.
Hat Bang Saen
Hat Bang SaenBang Saen Beach, 100 km southeast of Bangkok and about
10 km from the provincial capital of Chonburi, is a day trip for
residents of Bangkok, and is visited mostly on weekends by Thai
tourists looking for a relaxing day on the sand. Eclipsed in recent
decades by Pattaya, it was once the favorite getaway for Bangkok's
elite. Now it attracts mostly Thai families and teenagers looking
for a brief, low budget holiday weekend.
Tall coconut palms shade the promenade which borders the long
curving sweep of beach. Ocean World amusement park is located on the
road which runs behind the beach and features several swimming
pools, slides and a small roller coaster. Local vendors sell fruit,
seafood and snacks, such as squid, mussels and spicy steamed fish
cakes, and rent chairs, multicolored umbrellas and other beach
paraphernalia. Shower facilities are available. Inexpensive
guesthouses, bungalows and a small resort cater to those who choose
to stay more than one day.
A marine aquarium and museum on the campus of Srinakharinwirot
University, on the road between the highway and the beach, has
exhibits on the marine environment and the aquatic species native to
the waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Pattaya is 140 Kilometres by road from Bangkok. There is a motorway that
runs from Bangkok to Chonburi and a new dual carriage way road from
Chonburi to Pattaya. Unfortunately it can take an hour or more to
get from the airport to the start of the motorway so many drivers
will choose to use the Bang Na Expressway which passes by the
airport and now goes all the way to Chonburi. The fastest way by
road is to take the Bang Na Expressway, turnoff at the Bangkok -
Chonburi Motorway exit. Turn right on to the Motorway and then
follow the signs to Pattaya. Following this route I've completed the
journey in less than 1 hour 30 minutes.
Taxi and Limo
One-way fare by limo is about 2,500 Baht, a 5 star taxi is about 1,500
Baht and a meter taxi is about 1,200 Baht.
Air Conditioned Bus
This is probably the easiest, cheapest and most pleasant way to get from
Bangkok to Pattaya for the budget traveler. Busses leave from the
Eastern Bus Terminal on Sukhumvit Rd every 30 minutes or so between
6am and 2am the next day. The bus arrives in Pattaya at a bus
terminal on North Pattaya Rd, within a couple of kilometers of all
major hotels. The cost for the bus ride is just 75 baht. From the
terminal grab a baht bus (blue utility vehicle with seating in the
back). You will have to negotiate the fare but it should not be more
than 40 baht.
By air-conditioned bus (Duration 2 1/2 hrs.)
If you are on a tight budget, take the VIP air-conditioned bus.
Departure from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to the Pattaya Bus
Station on North Pattaya Rd. daily at 05.00 hrs. and every 30
minutes until 22.00 hrs. One way fare: approx. 77 Baht.
Departure from the Northern Bus Terminal (Mor Chit) to the Pattaya
Bus Station on North Pattaya Rd. daily at 05.00 hrs. and every 30
minutes until 19.00 hrs. One way fare: approx. 77 Baht.
Departure from the Bangkok Airport to Pattaya daily at 9.00, 12.00
and 19.00 hrs. One way fare: approx. 180 Baht Reservation: Thai
Airway, arrival lounge.
By non air-conditioned bus
Departure from the Eastern Bus Terminal Daily at 05.00 hrs. and every 30
minutes until 21.00 hrs.
One way fare: approx. 37 Baht.
There is a train leaving the Bangkok Railway Station (Hualamphong) to
Pattaya daily at 7.00 hrs.
Call (66-2) 2237010, 2237020 for further information.
Thailand has a tropical climate with three seasons:
Hot (March-May), Rainy (June-October) and Cool (November-February).
It is hot all year round, there is little difference between the
hottest and coolest months, and average temperatures are around 27�
The months with the most rain are July, August and September.
Pattaya coastal location means more breezes than say Bangkok and the
rain tends to come in short and heavy bursts rather than prolonged
over days, but no matter when you come, you'll have a good time.
What to bring
Light summer clothes, (unless you are here during the winter, and plan
to go to the Northern region, then you should bring a sweater). But
you may find it easier to buy cloths when you are here as they are
very cheap and very good quality. Bring your swimming gear; but no
need to bring scuba tanks as they can be easily rented from most
dive shops for less than the cost of bringing your own.
International Driving License, if you want to drive a hire car or
Jeep. Most visitors, especially from Europe, don't bother buying
"Duty-free" alcohol or cigarettes, as these items are very cheap
here, for example a packett of 20 imported cigarettes is around 50
Baht and good Scotch about 850 Baht.
Getting Around Pattaya
Once you have arrived in Pattaya, getting around is easy and cheap.
The common form of transport is the Baht bus, a converted pick-up
truck with a covered back and seats to accommodate about 10 persons.
The fare within the Pattaya city area is an amazing 5 Baht! These
"buses" are plentiful and operate 24-hours a day. You never have to
wait more than a minute or two for the next one to come along.
Motorcycle taxis are for the more adventurous. If you prefer to
drive yourself, rental cars, jeeps and motorcycles of all styles are
Travel within the resort
Travelling around Pattaya is most convenient by mini-buses that
continually ply the Beach Road and Pattaya 2nd Road in
counterclockwise circuits. Fares are 5 Baht per person per ride,
fares beyond main bag one negotiable.
Mini Siam & Mini Europe
Located near Pattaya Klang, is Thailand's first wonder displaying Thai
European heritage on a miniature scale. This is the third miniature
town in the world after the Netherlands and Taiwan that brings
together models of important objects and historical sites of
distance culture and civilizations of various periods from the
ancient time till present. More than 100 models, each on a scale of
1: 25, are displays in an area of 29 rai, surrounded by natural
sceneries blended with different types of well selected trees.
Open daily from 7.00 AM - 10.00 PM. Admission fee is 200 Baht per
Call +66(38) 421 628 for more details.
Million Years Stone Park & Crocodile Farm
Located some 9 kilometers from Pattayas township, comprises breeding
pens with more than 1,000 crocodiles, a zoo and a bonsai garden
decorated with fancy shaped natural rock formations.
Open daily from 8.30 AM - 6.00 PM.
There are crocodile shows at 11.00 AM, 2.00 PM and 4.30 PM.
Admission fee is 250 Baht per person.
For more information please contact ph. +66(2) 579 50 33 (Bangkok)
or +66(38) 249 347-9 (Pattaya).
A temple under the King's patronage is unique for it's modern Thai
Here meditation course is offered for common men at 6.00 AM and 6.00
PM. The temple is 12 kilometers south of Pattaya and only 3
kilometers from Nong Nooch Village.
Call +66(38) 237 642 for further information.
Nearby Wat Yansangwararam is a Chinese-style building called "Wihan
Sian" housing antiques and art objects from China. Admission fee is
30 Baht per person.
Siam Country Club
Located at Km. 145 on Sukhumvit Highway, with the left turn about 11
kilometers. With 6,448 yards, par 72, it is one of country's most
challenging courses with lots of wooded hills.
The course offers accommodation in a hilly photogenic landscape.
For more information ph. +66(2) 215 31 24, 28025 32 (Bangkok),
or +66(38) 249 381-3 (Pattaya).
Pattaya Elephant Village
Is on the road to Siam Country Club Golf Course. The village shows
elephant displaying forestry skills, playing football and re-enact
of war elephant parade. The village also demonstrates how wild
elephants were captured in the north eastern part of Thailand.
Daily Show time is at 2.30 PM. ph. +66(38) 428 645.
5 km. off Pattaya City on the road to Siam Country Club Golf Course,
offers a tropical garden setting. The park equip with fishing gears
for a well-stocked fishing pond.
The place also facilitate with bungalow accommodations, restaurant,
jogging and cycling paths, boating and water-cycling. It gives
up-country experience for staying overnight there.
Further information please contact ph. +66(2) 521 07 63, 521 16 65.
The Bira International Circuit
Located at Km. 14 on Route 36. The 2.4 kilometers circuit is ideal for
formula 3 races.
For the one who loves speed and would like to experience real thing
on the racing track, the circuit opens every day.
For more details ph. +66(2) 587 74 48.
Between South Pattaya and Hat Jomtien, is a water amusement park with
water sliders, whirlpools and a large pool for children, so as other
different type of pools.
Admission fee is B 60.
Open from 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM. contact ph. +66(38) 251 201-8.
Suan Nong Nooch
Covering an area of some 500 acres about 15 kilometers from South
Pattaya is a Thai-village-style recreation park, The entire area is
beautifully landscaped, with orchid nursery and other botanical
gardens. There are also cultural and traditional performances and an
Accommodation may be booked by calling +66(2) 252 17 86 (Bangkok) or
+66(38) 436 655-7 (Pattaya).
45 minutes offshore by tourist boat or 15 minutes by speed boat, is the
largest of Pattayas archipelago. Major attractions include viewing
coral reefs from glass bottomed boats, snorkelling, scuba diving,
windsurfing, skiing and parasailing. There are a lot of seafood
restaurants on the island's main beaches. Deep sea fishing can be
arranged to Koh Larn's neighboring islands such as Koh Khrok and Koh
Currently under the care of the Royal Navy.
Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight here, but it has fine
deserted beaches that are open for the public during the day and
sure is worth a visit.
Located 2 kilometers from South Pattaya. White sandy beach is good for
Reasonable accommodation is also available.